Iran more open about nuclear concerns?

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

President Hassan Rouhani was sworn in on August 4 and has vowed to improve Iran’s foreign relations regarding its controversial nuclear program. The United Nations (UN) and the US have kept a close eye on Iran, suspecting their nuclear program is really about making dangerous weapons rather than peaceful energy. While the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was very verbally defiant, Rouhani seems more moderate. As the Iranian president reshuffles top officials in the government, observers note that he’s placing practical people into important positions rather than dramatic extremists. On Tuesday, the ISNA news agency said that Reza Najafi will become the next ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. He’ll replace Ali Asghar Soltanieh, whose efforts have proven ineffective with the IAEA since early 2012. What the UN wants, quite simply, is to fully investigate whether or not Iran is carrying out research relevant to nuclear weapons development. Even though Rouhani has so far spoken with a new attitude, diplomats are cautious about whether or not that will actually result in real action.

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